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About Club Lago Restaurant

Opening its doors in 1952, Club Lago has anchored the corner of Superior and Orleans since before the neighborhood River North grew up around it. Serving classic Northern Italian specialties from the Garfagnana Valley in Tuscany to steaks, chops and signature sandwiches too, the Lago's staff will recommend the perfect entree for whatever mood you're in.

Third generation owners GianCarlo and Guido are pouring the wine or serving the veal--it's a family affair. Time warp back to the fifties with a glass of chianti in a plush booth in the bar or hold court at one of the tables in the back; Club Lago's ideal for the first date, a meal before the theater or a game, or whenever you're looking to relax to great food and be a regular in a family joint.

Some call it "retro," we call it home. Benvenuti, come on in!

331 W. Superior
Chicago, IL 60654
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Italian, Comfort Food, American

Hours of Operation:

Lunch:

Monday - Saturday: 11:00 am - 3:00 pm

Dinner:

Monday - Thursday: 3:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Friday & Saturday: 3:00 pm - 11:00 pm

Cross Street:
Orleans

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(312) 951-2849

Website:
http://www.clublago.com/home.html

Catering:
Your next office meal can be at Club Lago or Club Lago can be in your office for your next meal.

Public Transit:
Club Lago is one block west of the Chicago/Franklin stop on the CTA Brown line

Private Party Facilities:
Club Lago can accommodate special events for groups up to 180 guests.

Private Party Contact:
Guido: (312) 951-2849

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, Takeout

Club Lago Restaurant Ratings and Reviews

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4.3

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.3

service

4.5

ambience

4.2

value

4.3

Noise

Moderate

83% would recommend it to a friend

Casual (8)
Authentic (6)
Good for a Date (4)
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Good for Groups (4)
Neighborhood Gem (4)
Comfort Food (3)
Fun (3)
Good for Birthdays (2)
Kid-friendly (2)
Cozy (2)
Special Occasion (2)
Good for Anniversaries (1)
Bar Seating (1)
Great Beer (1)
Happy Hour (1)
Local Ingredients (1)
Notable Wine List (1)
People Watching (1)
Pre/post Theatre (1)
Quick Bite (1)
Romantic (1)
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Excellent place. First time there. Good value, large portions. Awesome meat sauce. I hope this place never changes.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Quick Bite, Great Beer, Authentic
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 (Detroit)·Dined on November 9, 2017

The food was fabulous! My husband says it's the best calamari he has ever had. I really liked the eggplant parmesan. It feels like family. The staff seemed to know a lot of the customers but they didnt make us feel left out. Definitely recommend.

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food5
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 (Raum Frankfurt)·Dined on October 28, 2017

While service was great, food portions were really big and most tasted bland. Nice looking bar though!

Tags: Happy Hour, Casual
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 (Dallas)·Dined on October 22, 2017

Always the best!!

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food5
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·Dined on October 21, 2017

Food was subpar and lacking flavor. Took a long time to receive food. Service was just okay but nothing special.

Tags: Casual
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 16, 2017

Get the calamari! So delicate. Chicken Vesuvio was delish. Not too much garlic. Pasta meat sauce was right blend of flavors - Nonna would approve

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 (Chicago)·Dined on September 23, 2017

My wife and I love "Lago." It feels like a neighborhood joint, in the best way; there is history there, sure. We dont go for what it was or may have been we go because they are sweet, funny, polite and the food is down home and delicious. Its not Spago, people. Its damn good chicken parm, good wine, great fry on mushrooms, good music and charming staff. Relax and enjoy yourself!

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food5
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·Dined on September 16, 2017

Great casual dining experience for a quiet Friday evening. Staff was hospitable and friendly, food was authentic and in good size proportions. Great value.

Tags: Authentic, Good for Groups
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food3
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 (Columbus)·Dined on September 11, 2017

Holy cannoli, delicious home style Italian

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food5
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·Dined on September 3, 2017

Great, old school Italian w traditional dishes and good Italian wine. They even had gluten free pasta.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Casual, Fun
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food5
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 (Chicago)·Dined on September 2, 2017

We enjoyed our experience at the restaurant, but the food was not as great as we had heard it was. Portion sizes are nice, but the main courses (primarily chicken dishes) didn't have much flavor. Seasoning was weak. We were also surprised that the fried calamari seemed like re-heated frozen calamari. The staff is great and the environment is very fun.

Tags: Casual, Comfort Food
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food4
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·Dined on September 2, 2017

Fabulous as always! They treat you like family and the food is always fantastic. The best veal in the city!

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Bar Seating, Cozy, Good for Groups, Comfort Food, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Kid-friendly, Fun, Good for Birthdays, Casual
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food5
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 (Chicago)·Dined on August 23, 2017

Three of us had dinner , none of us enjoyed our meal.

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food1
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on August 19, 2017

Old School Italian. Period. Great Food served deep / wide, just like Mi ma made. Try and let em know you are coming.... It's small

Tags: Good for Birthdays
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food4
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 (Chicago)·Dined on August 6, 2017

Love coming here with the kids - very friendly place for families or casual dinner

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 (Chicago)·Dined on July 30, 2017

First time going every thing was great. Will recommend it to my friends. Had a great time.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Casual, Fun, Romantic, Authentic, Good for a Date
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·Dined on July 19, 2017

Delicious as always!! Have come many times and tried so many different menu items. The manicotti calls me back.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on July 1, 2017

Now don't get me wrong, we are not talking gourmet fair. This is a local hang out, down to the cops eating in the corner in uniform and the guys holding down the end of the bar drinking bourbon and ginger while watching the fight. The server was real and loved hosting us for dinner, attentive and accurate recommendations. The food was rustic and authentic without being overly fussy or fancy. This is a local gem at great prices and should be your go to for a relaxed date or to host a large party. Either way, you will leave feeling like family.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Groups, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Vibrant Bar Scene, Casual, Comfort Food, Bar Seating, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine
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food4
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 21, 2017

Good food, great service...a real old time Chicago feel...no pretenses...a very genial friendly Host and terrific server....and the Veal Piccante was fabulous...as was the Linguini with Calamari and the Chicken Marsala....

Tags: Comfort Food, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies
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 (Chicago)·Dined on June 12, 2017

Nice little Italian place.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on June 10, 2017

Historic and old school feel. Family owned for decades. Love the place and its staff!

Tags: Great for Lunch, Good for a Date
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 (Chicago)·Dined on June 8, 2017

Delicious affordably priced and authentic food. Super easy and casual. Nice outdoor seating as well.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Authentic, Business Meals, Casual
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 (Indiana)·Dined on June 5, 2017

Cozy restaurant with local bar feel. Servers provided a detailed description of menu options when ask. Veal Parmesan was incredible. I can't wait to go bad and order it again.

Tags: Cozy
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 (Chicago)·Dined on May 30, 2017

Nice old traditional bar/restaurant, with good portion size. The man who waited on us, forgot my son's order...twice. Otherwise, it was a good time.

Tags: Authentic, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on May 20, 2017

Club Lago is a great neighborhood joint in the city. The food is delicious
and plentiful. The service is good. The seating is nice. They have many very
good items on the menu. It would be a go to place if we
lived in the city. I would definitely recommend!

Tags: Authentic, Worth the Drive, Bar Seating
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food5
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 (Detroit)·Dined on May 13, 2017

We went for a celebration, and the staff treated us so well! We had a great time, the food was delicious, and the staff was very friendly. Would highly recommend for a casual dinner with friends!

Tags: Fun, Comfort Food
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on April 21, 2017

Great for late meal after Naomi drinking. A little on the loud side for a date but could be fun in a group. Food wS above average but not the best.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Comfort Food, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Bar Seating, Late-night Find, People Watching, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (Columbus)·Dined on April 1, 2017

The food was incredible. But the service was even better. Our waiter was so friendly and accommodating. He help put together a dish that sassified exactly what I was wanting.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Fun, Happy Hour
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on March 18, 2017

Your mom wants you to eat here. So does Nonna.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on March 9, 2017

Fantastic restaurant! Good food, excellent service and nice comfortable ambience. They really go out their way to make you feel at home. Highly recommend Club Lago!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Outstanding Value, Authentic, Casual
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on March 3, 2017

Bad cheap food

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on February 17, 2017

Never disappoints. Egg plant parm, delicious!

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 (Chicago)·Dined on February 11, 2017

One of my all-time favorites. A Chicago landmark for decades. Good location, great Italian food...classic menu, good bartenders, comfortable environment and friendly servers. I generally go for lunch or dinner, but have also stopped for a late-night snack at the bar.

Tags: Authentic, Casual, Bar Seating, Business Meals, Great for Lunch, Comfort Food
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 (Chicago)·Dined on February 9, 2017

Cute old school Italian restaurant. Service was excellent. Wine was a little pricey. Calamari was good, marinara was on the sweeter side. Chicken piccante was tender and good flavor. The Pasta Galassini was a nice mix of the vegetables in it, but I would have preferred mozzarella on top.

Tags: Casual
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on January 27, 2017

Service was great. Food was just fine. Picked the restaurant week special and the dessert they brought out was minuscule vs the other non rest week menu desserts. Kind of humorous.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 26, 2017

This is cute, retro restaurant with very good food. Service has always been excellent. Never feel rushed. Just a great place.

Tags: Fun, Authentic, Casual
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on January 18, 2017

Wonderful food. Great Value. A hidden gem in River North.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Kid-friendly, Fun, People Watching
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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 11, 2017

The waitstaff was friendly, knowledgeable, and fun, without being in our faces. The first thing we noticed was how terrific the bread was. Narrow, but nicely priced wine list. Entrees were so good we took the leftovers back to our hotel, then home for a second meal. Amazing that Club Lago has been in the same location, and owned by the same family since 1952, a fact of which they are justifiably proud. Had it not been for a glowing TV review, we'd never have heard of it...but are glad we tried it. Highly underrated!

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Authentic
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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 7, 2017

Such a great gem in Chicago. Reminds of old school Italian restaurants grew up in back in the day. Close, convenient, friendly and great ambiance. Fortunate to have in neighborhood. Can't ever go wrong here. Be back soon.

Tags: Fun, Casual
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 31, 2016

Always great. Been coming here for years and always spectacular.

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